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ART BY JO

Painting | Knitting | Crafting

 

WHO I AM

Painting, knitting and crafting have been a wonderful pastime, but I have a desire to turn my hobby into a career. I would love to share my passion with anyone who wants bespoke pieces to enhance their home or to give as gifts.


There is nothing more rewarding as an artist than to have someone connect emotionally with my work, and this is where Art by Jo was born.

 

MY CREATIONS

At Art by Jo, I have created a range of pieces, using oil paint, acrylics, pebble art, pencil, and knitting wool. The art ranges from local Irish landscapes to abstract designs and knitted projects. Every piece is unique and inspired by my own experiences and fascinations. I invite you to take a look for yourself.

MUSSENDEN TEMPLE

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Acrylic on canvas of one of Northern Ireland's most iconic landmarks.

WHITE PARK BAY COWS

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Oil on canvas of when the cows fancy a dander on the beach.

BLOSSOMS IN SPRING

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Oil on canvas of an abstract blossom branch in spring.

 

BACKGROUND BUTTERCUPS

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This buttercup scene painted in oils is based on a road up above downhill forest last summer. I have submitted it to an exhibition in the NHS, as it it celebrates the "background buttercups", the support staff, who made it possible for ICU and other services to run during the pandemic.

DERRY ~ LONDONDERRY TRAIN TRACK

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An acrylic on paper of the cityscape of Derry ~ Londonderry, from the Waterside. Being a Derry girl myself, a lot has changed since I last lived there, including the addition of a new train station. This painting comes unframed, as it will depend on your preference - I would recommend a yellow, rust or aqua coloured frame, depending on the colour scheme of your house, although grey or white would work well too

 

MUSSENDEN TEMPLE

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Mussenden temple in charcoal, adding a bit of drama to one of the most famous landmarks of NI.

CHATTERING SEAGULLS

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Pebble art of a few chattering seagulls. I'm feeling beachy at the moment, looking forward to restrictions lifting and seeing friends at the beach this summer!
Size 20 x 20 cm (£25)

 

SHEEP OF BALLINTOY

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Oil Painting on box canvas, of the sheep who roam freely along the paths at Ballintoy. I love how fearless these sheep are, never running from their human visitors along the path - this is their Ballintoy!

 

A LOVING COUPLE

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This acrylic on paper piece was commissioned by a customer, who wanted a painting of her parents as gift for her mother. Sadly, the man in this painting, her husband, passed away a few years ago, so this painting is a small way to commemorate the loving memories that the family have of him. They seem like they were a very loving couple indeed.

BRIDAL BOUQUET

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A bridal bouquet is such an important part of the wedding day, and this is a way to preserve it forever. This would make a lovely gift for a wife, or friend, as an anniversary present - or alternatively, you could buy vouchers (approx £120) as a wedding gift so that the bride can have her bouquet painted after the event. A very different and special wedding gift!

HELICOPTER

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Charcoal drawing of a sycamore seed (or helicopters as we called them as kids), measuring 17 x 17cm. A little seed of hope for 2021. £25.

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DUCK BOOTIES

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I designed these wee duck booties for newborn size - available upon request, at £10 per pair, if you have a little duckling in your life that needs a cosy (and cute) foot warmer!

BRIDAL BOUQUET

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A bridal bouquet is such an important part of the wedding day, and this is a way to preserve it forever. This would make a lovely gift for a wife, or friend, as an anniversary present - or alternatively, you could buy vouchers (approx £120) as a wedding gift so that the bride can have her bouquet painted after the event. A very different and special wedding gift!

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

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Personalised "Welcome to the family" pebble art for the lovely Miss Emily, born on 2nd February 2021! Similar available upon request, personalised to the family

 

HOUDINI, THE CAT

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This watercolour is of a customer's childhood pet, painted from a photograph. Sounds like Houdini was a real character.

PORTRUSH FROM ABOVE

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This oil on canvas was a commissioned piece, asked for by a customer who's parents love Portrush, as a Christmas gift. Really enjoyed blending all these colours together and creating something super personal for someone.

MEMORIES FROM THE FARM

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This oil on canvas was painted for a customer who wanted a favourite photo of their late father made into a piece of art. Working closely with the person, I was able to capture a much loved figure of their life, and one of his prize rams. I feel so privileged to have created something so important to the client and her sisters, who apparently were in tears when they saw it. That's what art is all about.

 

SWIRL ON THE SURFACE

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Oil on canvas of a swirl of bubbles on the water's surface

ROAD TRIP TO DONEGAL

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Oil on canvas of a stone wall with wildflowers pushing through, overlooking a bay in Donegal.

SHOOTING STARS IN THE NIGHT SKY

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Oil on canvas of a sunset seeping into a night sky, with a forest silhouette setting the scene.

 

WEDDING GUEST BOOK

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Acrylic paint on the front of a brown paper scrapbook, which will be used in the lovely Martha and John's wedding.

WEDDING WELCOME SIGN

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Acrylic paint on wood of a welcome sign for Laura and Matthew's wedding day, decorated with roses around the edges.

ME AND YOU

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Pebble art capturing a romantic moment, using materials I gathered on walks to the beach.

 

LET'S GET CARRIED AWAY

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Pebble art of a figure getting carried away by balloons. A perfect gift for a friend for a birthday or before they go on an adventure!

CABLED BABY CARDIGAN WITH HAT

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Hand knitted in DK wool, this cardigan has both moss stitch and cable pattern for a traditional look.

CABLED BABY CARDIGAN

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Hand knitted in DK, this cardigan is cabled throughout, with matching hat and blanket available

 

WELCOME TO THE WEDDING BOARD

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A welcome board created in one week for a lockdown wedding!

ROSES BLANKET

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Hand knitted in DK wool, this blanket is a patchwork design, lined with fleece.

GRANDPARENT PEBBLE ART

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Framed pebble art, personalised to the number of grandchildren that a couple have. Great gift idea!

 

ENGAGEMENT GIFT

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Personalised engagement gift, with date of engagement. Perfect for an adventurous couple ready to travel the world together!

WILDFLOWERS IN SUMMER

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Oil on canvas, this painting captures  a bright wildflower scene, using lots of colours sure to brighten up any room.

MINI SEA-THEMED CANVASES

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Group of 3 miniature oils on canvas, on a sea theme. Crashing wave, sea foam and a landscape overlooking Portrush, group together in a visually dynamic trio.

 

CABLED BLANKET

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Large cabled blanket with ribbed edge. This particular blanket is not for sale but similar could be commisioned in any colour.

TULIP BOUQUET

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Colouring pencil on brown paper, this piece captures the vibrancy of the tulips, one of my favourite flowers.

BENBULBIN MOUNTAIN SLIGO

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Acrylic on paper, of the distinctive Benbulbin mountain, with the detail of a fence in the foreground.

 

MOONLIT WALKS

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Oil on canvas of a moonlit walk by a lake. Purposefully out of proportion, this moon is like one from a dream.

REFLECTION OF THE MOURNES

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Acrylic on card, this painting was done from a photograph taken on a beautiful day on Newcastle beach.

SUNSET AT THE MOURNES

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Acrylic on paper, of a stunning winter sunset with the classic peaks of the Mournes in silhouette.

 

MAGILLIGAN POINT FROM BINEVENAGH

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Oil on canvas of a sunset over Magilligan Point, from the top of Binevenagh. If you've never been there, it is worth a drive up for those stunning views!

GOLDEN REFLECTIONS

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Acrylic on canvas, this abstract piece captures the colours and movement of sea.

CRASHING WAVES

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Oil on canvas, I had some fun painting this one outside in the garden on a hot day, with some wave sounds on in the background!

 

FAMILY PEBBLE ART

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A family themed pebble art created for a customer who personalised it with a religious verse that was important to her. Personalised to any saying, verse, poem or family name. Approx £20.

HOME SWEET HOME

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Pebble art as a home-warming gift, personalised for the family it was gifted to. Dogs are very much part of the family in this frame! Approx £20

IT'S MY WEDDING DAY!

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Acrylic on wood, I had some fun painting this one as a gift from a groom to his wife-to-be on their wedding morning! So easily personalised, this kind of wedding sign can be painted with whichever colours, words, flowers or design you choose.

 

WADDLING DUCK

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Trying my hand to a bit of charcoal drawing, capturing the inquisitive nature of this little duck who came to get a closer look at my camera! 

CLIFF WALKS

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Oil on canvas of one of my favourite walks of the North Coast, along the cliffs between Portballintrae and the Giant's Causeway.

WATERCOLOUR BOOKMARKS

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Watercolour and ink bookmarks, £4 each, with the option to be personalised to your favourite author/book upon request. A perfect gift for the avid reader!

 

HAKUNA MATATA

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A piece of word art commissioned by a customer for her daughter's bedroom. We're never too old for a bit of Disney in our lives. If you'd like something similar, or with a different phrase, just get in contact. 

DAIRY COWS

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Painted as a gift for a farmer friend, these moo cows are a very characterful addition to the home. If you would like something similar, just get in touch.

 

ART BY JO

Learn. Create. Involve.

Art By Jo is a small business selling art  and creating some personalised pieces. If there are any pieces in the gallery that you like but are sold out or require personalisation, please don't hesitate to get in touch!